Fire Burns Sawmill To The Ground

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A huge fire burns all night leaving nothing but the charred remains of a sawmill scrap yard.

Firefighters say the fire burned through the night, despite attempts to put it out.

With very little rain coming down, they say things aren't looking good.

It all started Sunday night in Hatfield and that’s where WYMT’s Angela Sparkman spent the day talking to firefighters about the dangerous conditions making this fire so hard to fight.

It took crews nearly 14 hours to control the fire, and they're still putting out hot spots.

All of the lumber is burned and gone, but this is still a very hot scene.

What used to be yards of scrap wood is now yards of ashes.

No one knows just how the flames started, but firemen say they started small and spread quickly.

Crews put it out twice! Hatfield Volunteer Firemen say fire first started at nine Sunday night and they had it contained by midnight, but after they left, it started blazing again.

The second battle took 14 hours, seven departments, and all of the water and foam from eight trucks.

Officials shut down the Sidney Coal Company Railroad Line in front of the fire.

Crews kept the flames away from the sawmill up the road.

The deputy state fire marshal is still trying to determine where and how it started.

He says that itself may have caused the wood to burn.

Crews are cutting a fire line around the scene to keep the fire away from the trees in case it starts again.

Railroad officials say the trains will start moving again once the fire line is cut.

The weather conditions have several eastern Kentucky counties with burning bans.

Right now Pike, Perry, Harlan, Leslie, Letcher, Whitley, Laurel, and Rockcastle Counties all have burning bans in place.

The ban prohibits all outside burning at all times until further notice.

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